I have my habits. They’re comfy and I like them. I like to write a blog post in the evening, after dinner, after the kitchen is cleaned and the little girl is in bed. I prefer to read comments over breakfast. It’s such a delight, one of my favorite times in the day. I often laugh uproariously, and who doesn’t like to start their day that way? Thank you for that.
Your responses to “In Defense of the Full Skirt” were so varied and strong and positive, I wanted to do a quick recap:
Sarah from Stitching and Needling said- “I don’t wear pants. The only pair I own are solely for wearing to the beach. There is nothing I cannot do in a skirt – including crossing the road on a windy day while keeping hold of a seven year old and a toddler, AND keeping my skirt down. Quite honestly, I find slimmer skirts more difficult – you can’t take huge steps, or sit on the floor cross-legged to play with a toddler, you can’t hold your harvested vegies in a fold while not flashing the world, or hide an embarrassed child who is desperate for the loo and can’t hold it until the bus comes, you can’t bend over without at least the tiniest bit of worry about either splitting or pantylines, and you definitely can’t twirl.”
I don’t know that I could add anything to that list… So, our big skirts are the “Swiss Army Knife” of garments- multi-purpose indeed.
“Yep. Full skirts allow a much wider range of motion than slim skirts. You can take longer strides in them. You can sit and squat and skip and run in them without splitting seams. Skirts can be full at the bottom and more fitted at the top, as in Folkwear’s 1890s Walking Skirt pattern (very figure-flattering), and thus use less fabric than you’d think.”
As the mother of a short person, I hear that. Full skirts are a mommy’s best friend. Hands down.
“…seriously, that is one of the only styles that actually looks good on ANY body type (just browse through the sew along photos in Caseys Elegant musing blog) . So feminine and lovely.”
I would love a link- is it a gallery? I dug around for a little while and couldn’t find it. I think a slight figure needs to be careful around full skirts- I have seen small frames drown in too many meters of fabric, but it’s easily remedied by making a less-full skirt.
Leimomi brought up a point about circle skirts which hadn’t occurred to me- less waste. Sure, you have a bigger skirt, but you throw out less fabric. My mind keeps drifting off at odd times to figure out if I could draft a zero-waste dress with a circle skirt. Thanks, Leimomi. Take that, “wantonness.”
To be fair, I think maybe in this context “wanton” means “willful/ purposeful?” Like “wanton excesses.” I do like to give the benefit of the doubt when possible, though it was that word that raised my hackles to begin with.
Leimomi’s a very serious and important university lecturer, and she corrected the New Look story. I’m inclined to believe her:
“The New Look dresses were pretty accepted in Paris – wearing new styles, however outrageous, was seen as patriotic because it supported the French fashion industry as it tried to recover from the war. The notable riots/attacks happened in the UK and America. “
“I heart full skirts! I adore wearing them – they’re fun, they swish and you can twirl and they just feel feminine and also quite freeing at the same time. Sure, they take more fabric to make, but I figure since they’re not “in fashion” at the moment, they therefore won’t go “out of fashion” and be discarded for whatever’s the next “in thing”. (Bah, disposable fashion. Don’t get me started.)”
thetroubleis made me snort into my coffee:
“What a ridiculous article. If only he could see what I’m capable of doing in Victorian wear, including a full skirt. I don’t know how he thinks working class women got by in the past, magic?”
Sigrid put it short and simple:
“I’m guessing that if this guy had ever had some serious hips and worn a pencil skirt with heels he might have different take on the difficulty of wearing a full skirt.”
I find it absolutely fascinating that so many of us find wearing full skirts “freeing,” especially given the cultural baggage tied up in 1950’s housewifery.
So these supposedly frivolous, simple garments are arguably less wasteful of fabric, and allow a free range of motion as well as a high degree of comfort. I find them pretty easy to make, too. The experts (real women with normal lives who actually wear these styles) have spoken! I really enjoy my morning comments perusal, thank you to everyone who takes the time to drop me a line.
Speaking of, do let me know which is your favorite dress in this post… All this talk of big skirts has me itching to cut up another duvet cover!
Oh boy, do we have some lobster drawings to show you! And I finished my WW2 era Advance sun jacket, and and and and if I have to sell my fingertips to Satan to figure out how to do it the t-shirt pattern I made you will be electronic next week! (Though I don’t actually foresee the necessity of a Faustian bargain… :) )